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Interviews: Glover, Clowes, Bernal.

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No, seriously -- what is it?
We know everyone and their mother has read this already, but still: Keith Brammer‘s interview with one Crispin Hellion Glover at the Onion AV Club on "What Is It?", self distribution and the state of indie film is solid gold. Weird, weird gold.

One of the reasons I made the film in this fashion is that films right now sit within the boundaries of what’s considered good and evil. And if a filmmaker wants to make or distribute a film which has elements in it that go beyond good and evil, where there is not a commentary on those elements, those films will not get funded or distributed.

At the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Kimberly Chun has a long chat with Daniel Clowes about art school and "Art School Confidential."

"If I watch a comedy, after about an hour I just want it to end," Clowes says. And it was a cinch for the screenwriter and coproducer to get in touch with that old art-school anger and alienation. "That’s always there," he continues. "Being a cartoonist, except for the last couple years, was always a frustrating and humiliating field to be in. It was so impressed on me already — none of the big successes of last five years have any meaning for me. It hasn’t changed a thing. ‘Oh, I’m in the New York Times‘ — it doesn’t help. My resentment was so deep for so long that I can’t shake it.

"Look at Charles Schulz," he adds. "The most successful cartoonist in the history of the medium had over $200 million when he died, and the most beloved cartoonist of all time, and he was still bitter about slights when he was a young guy, when people didn’t give him a break. I can absolutely relate to that."

In the Independent, Chris Sullivan talks to Gael Garcia Bernal about "The King," while at the Telegraph, the film’s director James Marsh discusses with David Gritten how Bernal’s early commitment to the film helped get it made. And at the London Times, Garth Pearce interviews another of "The King"’s stars: Laura Harring (who’s almost unrecognizable in the film — she sort of makes herself into Jeanne Tripplehorn in "Big Love").

At the Observer, Lynn Barber profiles Ray Winstone, and writes that his new film "All in the Game" "is remarkable for having the highest expletive count of any film I have ever seen." At the Guardian, Xan Brooks‘ talks with eternal character actor Luiz Guzmán:

Guzman is so good at melting into the warp and woof of a production that he can sometimes be overlooked, or confused with others. The press material for his latest film, for instance, misspells his surname (as "Guizman"). When I ask what movie he is most identified with he tells me it is "Ghost." It’s not that he was actually in "Ghost," he explains. It’s just that people tend to mix him up with Rick Aviles, another actor of Puerto Rican descent.

At the Independent, Geoffrey Macnab stops in with Kieslowski muse Irène Jacob:

Kieslowski, she says, refused to discuss the underlying themes of the film ["The Double Life Of V̩ronique"] with her. "That would have meant speaking about metaphysics and chance and doubles. He told me that because the film could be taken on such a poetic level we had to be very concrete. For him, metaphysics and chance was something always there in banal, everyday life Рa piece of light, the rain," she recalls.

And at New York, Liesl Schillinger has a Q&A with "Wah-Wah" writer/director Richard E. Grant.

+ Crispin Glover
(Onion AV Club)
+ The class struggle of Daniel Clowes (SF Bay Guardian)
+ Gael Garcia Bernal: Journeys of the soul (Independent)
+ How a star kept our film on the road (Telegraph)
+ Living in a material world (London Times)
+ ‘I had to keep kissing Angelina Jolie’ (Observer)
+ Accidental actor (Guardian)
+ Irène Jacob: The picture of innocence (Independent)
+ African Boyhood: Richard E. Grant (New York)

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…


IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.


IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).


IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.


IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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